Toyota has unveiled its FT-AC - or Future Toyota Activity Concept - at the recent LA Auto Show, and invited the world to share its experiences.
All the usual adventure-ready SUV styling touches are present thanks to chunky plastic wheel arch shrouding, hefty under-bumper plating and raised ride height, but the FT-AC’s party trick lies in its ability to share your escapades with the world.
Toyota has tapped into the idea of a GoPro mounted in the side mirror for future off-roaders previously with the FT-4X concept unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, but this new concept pushes the boundaries of technology even further.
Despite the brand’s assurances that the new model features go-anywhere ability, Toyota’s own explanation of the FT-AC describes a torque-vectoring all wheel drive system with a four wheel lock function, so think pumped-up soft roader more than all-conquering 4x4 hero.
The real lure lies not in the car’s off road capabilities, but rather its potential to generate e-fame thanks to action cameras and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can live-stream adventures to faithful followers on social media platforms.
Discerning drivers who carefully cultivate their online persona can even access an editing suite to make the most of every post.
Toyota executive Jack Hollis says the FT-AC is “is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways”.
“No matter the roads, the activities, or the people, FT-AC sparks authentic fun and conversation.”
To assist in the creation of those memorable adventures for you and your legions of followers the FT-AC also includes a retractable bike rack and fog lights that you can pop out of the bumpers for use as headlights on mountain bike night rides.
Twin mirror-mounted cameras are also detachable, says Toyota, to make sure “no fun goes undocumented”.
Toyota isn’t talking powertrain just yet either, though suggests that the FT-AC could feature a next-generation hybrid system though whether that’s a traditional hybrid or a more advanced plug-in hybrid system is as yet undisclosed.
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